Changing production or manufacturing lines usually involves a lot of preparation, a great deal of effort and corresponding costs or loss of revenue.
Nevertheless, as you know from your own experience, changes to production lines are simply necessary under certain circumstances or are a decisive unique selling point of a brand as part of the corporate strategy.
Through innovation and further development of your own products, your adaptation to special customer needs or - in the case of subcontractors - changes on the part of the clients as well as other adjustments in order to remain on a par with developments on the markets, companies are now more than ever dependent on remaining or becoming flexible.
Flexibility as a market advantage
Today and in the future, flexibility, and adaptability are factors that will largely determine whether your business is perceived as contemporary, innovative, and vital.
The reputation of your brand thus has an enormous impact on whether new customers approach you or clients order the production and manufacturing of certain individual parts, more complex units, or even entire products from you.
Those who can react quickly to new developments, trends, or innovations and/or drive them themselves have a substantial market advantage in a rapidly changing world.
Changes in production also require flexible logistics solutions
As you know, even small adjustments often lead to major changes in the overall operational system.
Changes that subsequently also affect intralogistics and show whether you have taken the right steps towards logistical flexibility in the past or need to do so now.
Inflexible transport systems such as assembly lines or vehicles tied to guide rails can lead to massive problems, inflated costs and large time losses in the event of changes.
In contrast, so-called AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots) - have been developed to implement changes without much effort. In the case of AMRs from the Austrian company AGILOX - a pioneer in the field of autonomous transport vehicles - for example, all that is needed is to steer a single AGILOX AMR through the warehouse or production hall by smartphone. In doing so, it creates a virtual plan of the current room situation and measures all transport and connecting routes. Finally, it is only assigned the task processes it must complete. Overall, this takes just a few hours.
What's more, all other AGILOX AMRs that are added to the fleet automatically receive a "mirror" of these records and are thus immediately ready for use without any further effort.
In addition, from this point on, all AGILOX AMRs are networked together, in permanent communication with each other and learning from each other in case one of the robots encounters an obstacle and subsequently calculating an alternative route to perform its task. Therefore, for a long-term solution that will keep you prepared for future developments, be sure to choose a system with a high degree of flexibility.
As you can see, automation around logistics - especially by means of autonomous systems - is associated with many advantages that directly go hand in hand with flexibility or indirectly result from it.
In addition, automation leads to a significant increase in safety standards, demonstrably helps to increase the efficiency of logistics and helps you to save costs as well as to minimize employee fluctuation.
In view of these advantages, you should download the free white paper, which informs you about all the potential increases and savings that are directly associated with automation.
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